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Monday, May 26, 2014

Winding Down: Tips for a Good Night's Rest


I used to think that my body was incapable of sleeping past seven thirty A.M. Then again, it's not as if I sent it back to sleep; who can say no to an earlier dose of Vivianna Does Makeup, served on Sunday (if you're a YouTube maven like me, you'll know what I'm saying.)? Then, one day, I slept to the magical time of eight thirty A.M. "I must have been really tired," I said to myself. Then it dawned on me--though not at dawn, when I normally rose (pun intended): my eyes weren't fired by any technology last night, two hours before I went to bed. No Breaking Bad, Gossip Girl, or series from where productivity goes to die (otherwise known as Netflix). No YouTube sessions, re-watching the same videos over again. No last minute Instagram check-ins. And, thus, I learned the art of winding down.

As explained above, the Holy Grail to sleeping like a rock is shutting off--applying to your phone, iPad, laptop, etc. "Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed at night suppresses release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin," says Charles Czeisler, Ph.D., M.D., a study task force member of the National Sleep Foundation. It all sounds great, but perhaps the hardest part about such a ditch is finding functions to replace it with; I'm partial to saying that I live on my laptop and feel lost without it. Nevertheless, use this time to do some things you wouldn't normally do: run a bath, light some candles, enjoy a good book or magazine, and slap on a face mask (obviously, my choice is the Aesop Parsley Seed Deep Cleansing Mask). Whatever you do, buy yourself some time of fluorescent light void.

Close your blinds, roll down the duvet, and slap on your high-maintenance bedside routine--hand cream and the whole shebang. When it's actually time to shut off the lights, dowse your pillow in a lavender mist. I've made my own pillow spray before by mixing lavender oil with alcohol, but the formula was a little rough around the edges. Luckily, I now have the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray to nod me off to sleep. Just remember to blow out the candles; waking up to a fire is not a tip for a good night's rest.

Sources:
"Sleep in America Poll: Technology is Running Our Sleep." Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 8 Mar. 2011. Web. 22  May 2014.

17 comments :

  1. I should really stop using technology even late in the night! I always wake up pretty early as well and I should fix it - even if I love being able to enjoy the most out of every morning hour!

    x Giada | Miel Café

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  2. Loved the last bit haha! Really want to try some pillow spray x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  3. I can totally relate to the "Youtube maven" part! :P In fact I sometimes watch videos and that puts me to sleep! lol! that sounds so bad! but has nothing to do with the video content.. its just me I am bad! :P

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  4. Yes, yes, yes. I notice such big differences in my sleeping patterns when I just stop touching and looking at anything tech an hour before I go to sleep. Often I end up sleeping much better and fall asleep more easily. How'd you like the book btw? I loved Where'd You Go Bernadette!

    find me on 9outoften.com

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  5. I also like to put lavender on my pillows. I don't have a spray, just put 1-2 drop of essential oils. I have a hard time to go off my devices! We're addicted!

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  6. Natasha PoltorakMay 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I love the Deep Sleep spray from The Body Shop!

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  7. I've found I sleep much better when I read a paper book as opposed to my kindle before bed
    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

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  8. I experience the exact same thing. I try to carve out one day a week to allow myself to sleep in. x

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  9. Thanks, Zazie! x

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  10. I used to do the same exact thing--who am I kidding, I still do it sometimes (although I try to restrain myself and do it less often). x

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  11. I'm only about fifty pages in but I'm really enjoying it! I'm not as fast a reader as you; in other words, I think it will take me longer than a day. (: x

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  12. It's true.... x (:

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  13. Oooo, I haven't tried that one. The Body Shop seems to be on top of so many things at the moment. x

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  14. I don't have a Kindle, but I use my iPad sometimes to read books/magazines and I'm the same way. x

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  15. Ah, I'm so glad you like it!

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  16. Such a fab idea for a post!! Can't beat a good wind down after a long day!

    Brook | http://www.brookdellar.co.uk

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